Dom Rep: Big-Country Diversity & Classic Caribbean Charm
Best for… activities. As the Caribbean’s second-largest country, the Dominican Republic has something for everyone. Go white-water rafting in the island’s mountainous centre, explore the pristine rainforest of the island’s interior or scuba dive in cobalt waters. Of course, if you'd rather just laze on the beach, that's always an option. Don’t miss… whale watching in Samaná. Thousands of humpback whales migrate to Samaná Bay every year – your best chance of spotting them is during the breeding season from January to March. Visit… Santo Domingo. The nation’s capital and largest city in the Caribbean, Santo Domingo was settled in 1496 as the first establishment of the “new world”. Its cobblestoned streets are filled with colonial architecture, including the oldest surviving European fortress. Try… your hand at kite-surfing in cosmopolitan Cabarete. This small town on the north coast (just down the road from the renowned resort of Puerto Plata) has become the epicentre for this hot new watersport. Fun fact… the Dominican Republic is home to the highest peak in the Caribbean. Pico Duarte is 10,164-foot high and covered in pine trees.